WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Subscription or Project Rate
Subscription vs. Project Rate
When you team up with Sidekick, we can partner in one of two ways: our Subscription Program, or individual, one-off projects. Every business and organization has different needs that could make either option the best choice. We always want to choose the solution that works best for your situation. We’ve made this guide to help you discern which option would work best for you.
When deciding between subscription program or project rate, determine if you are looking for a one-off need to improve a specific part of your business, or you want to improve entire areas and aspects of your company with a more profound approach for the long run. Our Subscription Program is used for clients who want to pursue long-term goals that consider ongoing marketing needs. Project-based services focus on short-term goals and one-off assignments.
The key differences between subscription and project rates:
A monthly subscription gives your business the attention and creative energy it needs, while freeing you up to do the things that only you can do.
Which one is right for me?
If you answer “yes” to these questions, a project rate may be right for you:
If you answer “yes” to these questions, a subscription rate may be right for you:
About Project Rates
Our project rates are ideal for clients who have short-term goals they need help with. Project rates are very clear cut, fixed services and resources that are agreed upon. Project rates are great for businesses needing seasonal help, or who aren’t quite ready for an ongoing subscription relationship.
Project Rate Benefits
How do you determine the cost of a subscription or project?
Every client is unique and brings their own needs regarding the type and volume of services they will use. We determine subscription or project amounts based on the client’s needs and the value we deliver, not on a certain amount of deliverables or hours. We ask our 5 Key Variable questions to arrive at a rate that fits your needs and expectations. Our goal is that you are thrilled with our services month after month and feel you get exceptional value with what you’re paying.
Do I have to sign a contract?
We believe that partnerships thrive on frequent and honest communication. Sidekick always wants a healthy, thriving relationship with our clients, and does not require any contract or agreement lengths. We will send a proposal to sign before work begins to confirm the scope of work, but we don’t require a locked in contract term length. If you’re a subscription client – we hope and believe that you’ll want to come back month after month because of the value we deliver.
Why don’t you do bill hourly?
Hourly billing usually penalizes the client for anything unforeseen popping up and penalizes the worker for being fast and efficient. We stick with subscription and project rates as our billing model based on our 5 variables that will affect those rates.
What if my needs exceed the agreed upon subscription?
When a client’s needs, projects, or deliverables exceed the subscription agreement, Sidekick can adjust accordingly by a.) billing on top, b.) delivering fewer projects the next month(s), or c.) pause work for the current month. In most cases, when projects are planned in advance, Sidekick can give a reasonable estimate on what can be accomplished in a month. If project scope consistently exceeds the monthly agreement, we will reevaluate the client’s monthly subscription amount to allow more margin. We always clearly communicate these shifts beforehand and when we foresee those shifts needing to happen. We won’t surprise clients with hidden costs, fine print, or weird expenses. We try to approach pricing in a real world, practical way. We also love for our pricing to be really customized to each client.
Do you offer any non-profit discounts?
We love our city and we love working with organizations that are helping our city and the people in it. As much as we can and are able, we offer a 15% off discount when we’re working with nonprofits. We are limited to working with one non-profit at a time.